Assistant Specialist - Lo Lab
Open date: February 8, 2023
Most recent review date: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Tuesday, Feb 6, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
NATURE AND PURPOSE
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine invites applications from qualified candidates for an Assistant Specialist position located at the Oak Park Research Building in Sacramento, CA. We are recruiting for 1-2 full- or part-time Assistant Specialists in cancer or kidney research. This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications
The assistant specialist position has the general duties of working closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) in the planning and execution of a research project. The assistant specialist may assist in data collection, entry and quality control, study design and implementation, literature reviews and data analysis for the preparation of manuscripts or conference presentations, and writing conference abstracts and manuscripts (e.g., methods and results sections, table, and figure generation) for a particular project. The Assistant Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Assistant Specialist is expected to facilitate teamwork, develop collaborative relationships with colleagues, and supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (PI) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a PI in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.
The incumbent will work under the supervision of Dr. Su Hao Lo and should be able to work cooperatively and collegially in a diverse environment.
A. Collaborate with other research and extension personnel affiliated with research activities involving focal adhesions in cancer or renal diseases. The assistant specialist will perform technical/routine lab activities required to accomplish the research project in the function of focal adhesions. Specific duties may include:
- Effectively plan and execute focal adhesion research projects.
- Assist with grant preparation.
- Actively contribute to publishable research by collecting and interpreting data.
- Review journal manuscripts and/or others related to the focal adhesions and/or biomolecular condensates of expertise.
- Skills in protein purification, molecular biology, and cell culture.
B. Serve as a research coordinator for biomolecular condensate projects conducted by PIs in the laboratory and/or department, as resources permit. Responsible for ensuring uninterrupted communication between individual laboratories, data management, and preparation of reports tailored to meet the needs of the requesting individual.
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%)
The appointee will be expected to actively participate in the dissemination of information at the lab meetings, and professional/technical societies, such as AACR or ASCB meetings, participate and contribute to departmental and other seminars, and journal clubs, as well as review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise, as applicable.
UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
The Assistant Specialist may be expected to provide mentorship to undergraduate research assistants that rotate through the lab and May maintain liaison and respond to the needs of various industry organizations, state and federal agencies, and other external groups on issues related to their area of expertise. They will be expected to participate and contribute to laboratory and group meetings, as well as activities of committees within the department, college, campus, and other University entities, as applicable.
- A bachelor’s degree plus three or more years of research experience or a master’s degree in biological science or a related field.
- At least 3 years of experience in cancer or renal disease research
Experience with the following skills/techniques demonstrated in a publication(s)
- Skills in isolation and culture endothelial colony-forming cells
- Analysis of RNA-sequencing data using Gene Ontology (GO) for example
- Purification of recombinant proteins by affinity column and FPLC
- Evidence of academic accomplishments such as refereed journal papers and conference presentations
- Experience with protein purification and molecular cell biology
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to meet project objectives.
- Candidates are expected to be highly self-motivated and dependable.
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication (both verbal and written) skills.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of Research (Optional)
Statement of Teaching (Optional)
Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
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